Reading through the Holidays

So many of my favorite home school memories involve reading good books aloud. For many years we began our days with me reading both devotional books and historical fiction to the children and ending the days with Daddy reading classics to all of us. When the books were riveting, the children often persuaded me to …

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The Mysterious Benedict Society

Trenton Lee Stewart has written a clever trilogy about four exceptionally gifted children chosen to save the world. Many children responded to Mr.Benedict's advertisement for "gifted children looking for special opportunities" but only Reynie Muldoon, George "Sticky" Washington, Kate Wetherall, pass the strange tests and are chosen. The three of them are joined by Constance …

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Jane Eyre and The Eyre Affair

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is a classic in British literature. Bronte creates vivid scenes and pathetic characters drawing us immediately into 18th century England. Jane is a lonely orphan, mistreated by her closest relatives. She's sent to a dismal boarding school where the abuse continues. Nevertheless, Jane finds a couple of friends who encourage …

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The Inquisitor’s Tale

Or Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz Jeanne, Gwenforte, William, and Jacob, are unlikely companions on a quest in thirteenth-century France. Adam Gidwitz weaves second-hand accounts in a style reminiscent of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The Inquisitor's Tale is set in the days of the Crusades, when economic, racial, and religious tensions were …

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